Members say: Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful

About the show

The joyous Tony-nominated musical returns to Broadway with its story of a fearless young dreamer in post-storm Haiti.

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Set in a fantastical world bursting with Caribbean rhythms and dance 'Once On This Island' tells the extraordinary story of a villager named Ti Moune. After a massive storm rages through her village, a ray of hope appears through a young man from the wealthy side of the island. An unexpected romance blossoms. But when their different cultures threaten to keep them apart, Ti Moune—guided by the island gods—sets out on a journey to stay beside the man who has captured her heart. Directed by Tony nominee Michael Arden ('Spring Awakening' revival) and written by the Tony Award-winning team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty ('Anastasia,' 'Ragtime.')


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97
Front Row Center

“Lost none of its luster over the years, and in the production the beauty of this musical has been given its full due and then some...The ensemble contribute in myriad ways to the performance, handing off the narrative to each other in a verbal dance...The cast infuses every moment with spirit, emotion, and music. Everywhere you look something catches your eye...Every single element blends perfectly to bring this already beautiful musical to dazzling, joyous life.” Full Review

95
Theatermania

"Miraculous things happen when you corral a team of talented artists and let them loose in a sandbox...Music that digs its heels into the earth one minute and floats into the heavens the next. Paired with Arden's ensemble-oriented direction, Brown's unchained choreography, and a near-perfect cast, the production walks the delicate line between the minuscule and the infinite...Every element not only tells a story but carries a palpable reverence for the divine art of storytelling." Full Review

95
TheaterScene.net

“Director Michael Arden's inventive and joyous revival of the 1990 Ahrens and Flaherty musical, ‘Once on This Island,’ reinvents the show as if it were brand new; it is as if you have never seen it before. While the original production seemed inauthentic and labored, the new one now at the Circle in the Square, which can hardly be called a revival as it is such a reinvention, sets a sand-covered island before you in its theater in the round, and the doomed but mesmerizing love story.” Full Review

95
Theatre is Easy

"Defined by its miraculous score, which blends calypso realness with Broadway...Ahrens and Flaherty pack into just 90 minutes all the sensory and emotional impact that most musicals take two hours to deliver...Director Arden expresses the intimacy inherent in the piece by staging it in the round...Perhaps its most miraculous quality of all is that, though it may generate copious tears, we don’t begrudge a single one, and leave the theatre happier than when we entered it." Full Review

95
TheaterScene.com

“Every moment of this revival touches the heart and rings true...Splendid direction by Arden evokes magical performances from everyone...The music is splendid...Not only that, but the cast brings the orchestrations to life, singing as instruments, as well as actors. It’s subtle, beautiful, brilliant...'Once on this Island' bends rules and makes new ones...Go ahead, enjoy those bent rules. When the result is as divine as 'Once On This Island,' you’ll be thrilled with the result” Full Review

95
Parade

"In difficult and divisive times, it’s inspiring to have a gorgeous musical to remind us of the shared humanity in our hearts...In this bright and thoughtful revival, differences between people are both the center of the story—and made to seem meaningless...If you are coming to New York anytime soon, this is a not-to-miss musical. The music is wonderful, the cast is glorious, and the production one-of-a-kind." Full Review

95
The Rival at Fordham

“Each storyteller breathes gorgeous life into this pulsing musical with effervescent choreography...Arden directs this show with a meticulously detailed hand. He went above and beyond in creating an immersive atmosphere...Arden left no stone unturned with his astonishing direction; his love, passion, and deep connection to this show radiate tangibly throughout the entire piece...This musical completely shook me to my core.” Full Review

90
Broadway News

"An absolutely incandescent revival...The delights of this fable-like show, with a rapturous, rhythmically bewitching score by Flaherty and Ahrens, will hold you entranced...The complicated tale, which relies perhaps a little too much on narration, nevertheless comes across with piercing emotional clarity in the buoyant staging...No matter where you look, the theater seems busy with active life...Kilgore glows with big-hearted life...The supporting cast is virtually flawless." Full Review

90
BroadwayWorld

“Exhilarating...Simply done with this exceptional ensemble cast, and especially with Camille A. Brown's striking choreography, carefully crafted for authenticity, this would be a sparkling jewel of a show. But add to that Michael Arden's reminders of humankind's increasing vulnerability as the planet unnaturally evolves, and 'Once On This Island' carries an even greater emotional force." Full Review

90
The New York Times

"A ravishing revival...A pastiche Caribbean score whose words are restrained and delicately rhymed but whose music is relentlessly grabby and emotional...Arden has aced every theatrical trick he’s torn from the ancient handbook, freshening the show, and the tricks, in the process...The hallmark ingenuity, warmth, and intensity bordering on excess that characterize Arden’s style is recapitulated everywhere within the production, from the frankly stupendous singing to the electric choreography." Full Review

90
AM New York

"Emphasizing the musical’s themes of natural disaster and economic inequality, director Michael Arden brings an unexpected dose of gritty realism, while also honoring its gorgeous score of dynamic group numbers and tender ballads. Vocal fireworks and full-bodied dance choreography imbue spirituality and joyful theatricality...Kilgore and the superb supporting cast essentially grab the audience and proceed to take it on an exciting, emotional, and extraordinary journey." Full Review

90
The Huffington Post

"Good as it was then, it’s exponentially better now that director Michael Arden has revived the tuner...When Ahrens and Flaherty tell the story this time, their vivaciously enchanting songs become that much more valuable. As the numbers spring into the air they reinforce a troubled people’s indomitable spirit. Also, Camille A. Brown’s spirited choreography becomes that much more uplifting...Transcendent and shockingly relevant-to-today." Full Review

90
Deadline

"A smashing revival...Arden’s exuberant staging conjures a spell that is devastatingly timely yet affectingly timeless...Much of the show’s charm derives from its seamless interweaving of narrative, song, and dance...A confident, swinging cast is blessed with showcase numbers...Kilgore, like this revival itself, is no imitation but a triumph in her own right, striking exactly the right balance between innocence and spirituality, youth and experience. She’s just wonderful." Full Review

90
Talkin' Broadway

"Arden's done it again, this time gloriously integrating the art of theater magic with the even older art of storytelling, resulting in the nigh unto perfect revival...Flaherty's score offers a mix of styles. The songs for Ti Moune call on Hailey Kilgore to embrace us with a full-voiced, emotional style that suits her character's certitude...Truly, any quibbles with this impressive and thoroughly engaging production are minimal." Full Review

90
Musical Theater Review

“Can seem a bit overburdened. But in this new Broadway revival, director Michael Arden and choreographer Camille A. Brown bring so much energy and enthusiasm to the tale that it hardly matters...However all that may strike you (maybe a little too mythic?), Arden’s theatrical inventiveness, Brown’s ground-shaking, hip gyrating choreography, the Ahrens-Flaherty score and an exemplary cast make it a jubilant, sometimes moving experience." Full Review

90
Broadway Blog

“In addition to Laffrey’s eye-popping set of repurposed materials, costume design by Ramos and lighting design by Fisher and Eisenhauer create an island kaleidoscope that magically transforms...Arden deftly navigates the cast through the ever-changing landscape...Kilgore is a knockout...Fortunately, Kilgore is surrounded by immense talent, many of whom have their own shining moments...I have a feeling that repeated visits to this island are in order.” Full Review

90
ZEALnyc

"There is great joy and vitality, which continues from the pre-curtain action right through to the last ravishing moment...The deceptively simple story is woven around lush, powerful, music and lyrics, and a closet full of theatrical magic...Not only the gods are powerful talents in this endlessly entertaining production. Our Romeo and Juliet of the Island, Hailey Kilgore and Isaac Powell, are as charming as any breathless audience member could want." Full Review

90
Off Script with Dan Dwyer

"Under Arden’s imaginative direction, this radiant musical fable flows beautifully, magically, from beginning to end...Reveals more rhythms in its storytelling and beauty in its staging than ever before...The inspirational power of 'Once On This Island' is joyous. Indeed, this production, timed as it is, brings contemporary events like natural disasters and issues like inequality, wealth, and race to mind. In the end, though, what prevails in this entrancing musical is the healing power of st... Full Review

90
Interludes

“Arden has managed to bring urgency and moving vitality to a musical that can easily fall victim to saccharine sweetness and unearned joy...Less as a benign fairytale and more as a nuanced coming-of-age parable, fraught with pain, as well as the wonders of self-discovery...Ahrens and Flaherty’s rich, unabashedly sentimental score has rarely sounded better...The entire cast is just superlative.” Full Review

90
Stage Buddy

“With just one step, you’re immediately immersed in the authenticity of this magical, mystical Caribbean island...It’ll be an experience you’ll never forget...The beloved score is clearly a highlight of the experience...The key to any successful revival is in its ability to present the material afresh...Without fail, incomparable Arden undeniably succeeds in this endeavor...In terms of the performers themselves, well, you know you can’t get any better than this trusty group.” Full Review

85
Lighting & Sound America

“Arden has listened, intently, to the words of Ahrens' book and lyrics, and has a found a solid rationale for reinventing 'Once on This Island'...For all its delights, this production never loses sight of the fact that Ti Moune is headed toward tragedy...The moral of this fable: The world only changes through love, expressed unreservedly and without fear of the consequences. Thanks to Arden and his talented company, this moral has never seemed more urgent.” Full Review

85
New York Theater

"With a terrifically appealing cast, as well as a rhythmic score, infectious choreography, vibrantly colorful design, and clever stagecraft, the musical itself could well serve to soothe audience members reeling from the year’s many disasters...One might question some aspects of this 1990 musical...But any such quibbles are swept away like the detritus in a hurricane thanks to the delights large and small in the production." Full Review

85
Theater Life

"A life-affirming revival...Against this tragic backdrop, the magnificent company tells book-writer-lyricist Lynn Ahrens and composer Stephen Flaherty’s joyous story of survival and spirituality...In its original Broadway staging, 'Island' was a charming bauble, now it’s a stirring, enveloping experience...Newcomer Hailey Kilgore is a spectacular surprise, displaying a rich, emotive voice, expressive dancing (Brown’s choreography is stunning), and an impressive acting range." Full Review

85
Theatre's Leiter Side

“Sparklingly enjoyable revival…A kinetic,…90-minute production with a ‘devised-theatre’ feeling…Regardless of the questions its plot raises, the show bursts with ebullient songs, musically underscored dialogue, colorful choreography, shadow pantomime, gorgeous costumes, and awesome lighting, not to mention exceptional performances…The gifted, beautiful Lea Salonga…, especially in her white gown and exquisite headdress, looks the virtual embodiment of love, reminding us of why she's a star.” Full Review

85
The Hollywood Reporter

"A joyful hymn to community and resilience...Together with his resourceful design team and cast of expressive, vocally gifted performers, Arden has approached the piece with the nurturing hand it requires—striking a balance between child-like story theater and folkloric ritual...Demonstrates an impressive leap in maturity and creative vision for Arden...While the early scenes flirt with a whimsical quality that might easily turn cloying, the dramatic integrity of the piece prevails." Full Review


100
Absorbing, Must see, Great singing

See it if Amazing show that starts the minute you enter the theater. 90 minutes, no intermission. Most singing

Don't see it if You like to see spoken lines as much as singing. You don't like to be up close to the action.

100
Ambitious, Edgy, Enchanting, Masterful, Great singing

See it if You want to see a beautiful love story that is masterful told by some of the best singer-storytellers Broadway has to offer. I’ll see again.

Don't see it if You’ve got young kids? It’s not inappropriate or anything, they just would probably enjoy someone with more grandeur.

100
Enchanting, Great acting, Must see, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you love amazing acting, music, staging, and sets!

Don't see it if you don’t like a theater in the round environment.

Also I was skeptical about how the show would be in the round and worried t... Read more Read less

100
Creative, Clever, Enchanting, Refreshing, Immersive

See it if You are ready to experience an exciting, immersive and emotional roller coaster ride.

Don't see it if You are not part of the Human Heart.

100
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if SEE THIS SHOW!!! I absolutely felt all the feelings throughout this musical. Its as good as Hamilton I promise. High quality entertainment.

Don't see it if SEE IT YOU WILL NOT BE DISSAPOINTED

100
Enchanting, Exquisite, Masterful, Must see, Great singing

See it if You love theater in its purest form!

Don't see it if You are expecting a big spectacle with high production values.

Also This is by far one of the most beautiful works I’ve ever seen on stage... Read more Read less

100
Enchanting, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if You are ready to be completely swept up in a flawless production. If you don’t mind the fact that you won’t want it to ever end!

Don't see it if You don’t like musicals, or if you only enjoy traditional, old-school musical theatre.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you are looking for a show that tells a story and has an incredibly unique stage

Don't see it if you can't sit through a show for an hour and 40 minutes without an intermission

100
Enchanting, Masterful, Refreshing

See it if Great music and acting are your thing

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy a mystical love story

100
Clever, Delightful, Exquisite, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Good acting singing and great dancers Good story lots of fun great show

Don't see it if If you dont like musicals

100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you love to be absorbed in an amazing musical. It was dazzling, the music was fantastic, the acting was fantastic. It was so creative!

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or don't want to be entertained.

100
Ambitious, Masterful, Must see, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if See it if you enjoy the score and the story and want to see it presented in an invigorating new way with a stellar cast.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you do not like in the round productions.

100
Great acting, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if The most beautifully directed and acted shows I've ever seen. This cast takes you on a heart-wrenching journey that leaves you breathless.

Don't see it if You do not resonate with the idea of Gods and spiritual influences. The majority of the show revolves around that.

100
Clever, Exquisite, Refreshing

See it if You want to be moved and engaged.

Don't see it if You hate good things.

100
Absorbing, Epic, Great acting, Must see, Great singing

See it if You enjoy amazing musical theatre with touching stories. Fantastic artists, design, music, everything all around.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy musicals.

100
Enchanting, Must see, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Love this show! Michael Arden is a genius. Music is tops! Staging is brilliant. Lea Salonga is a dream. Hailey Kilgore a find. Go see it!

Don't see it if You have to see it! It's so good!

100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Masterful, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if want to see this lovable music staged in an immersive environment. A wonderful ensemble piece. Direction is phenominal!

Don't see it if you want to see a traditional piece of theatre in a standard proscenium performance space.

Also This production of Once on this Island is breathtaking. The production... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Riveting, Great singing

See it if You love musical theater with a great story and wonderful acting, singing and staging.

Don't see it if You're not a musical theater fan.

Also Wow! It blew me away. I see lots of theater and there was more packed ... Read more Read less

100
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you want an immersive theater experience. Such an innovative show, especially it being in the round.

Don't see it if you don't like intimate Broadway shows.

100
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You want to be moved by the sensational theatricality of Michael Arden’s gorgeous production with a great, great reading of the material.

Don't see it if You want to miss one of the great revivals of the season

100
Enchanting, Must see, Riveting, Emotional, Perfect

See it if you want a special theatrical experience that will make you feel all the feelings

Don't see it if there is no reason not to see this musical

100
Intelligent, Masterful, Must see, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if want joy and sunshine in your life.

Don't see it if you want a predictable ending.

100
Absorbing, Must see, Romantic, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Love creative staging that makes you feel like you're in the show; love a good story; love great singing

Don't see it if I can't imagine why someone wouldn't like this show, and this production in particular

100
Absorbing, Riveting, Great singing

See it if You love intricate vocal arrangements and a heart wrenching story

Don't see it if you need an intermission

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if You want to enter a whole different world that changes how you view ours. You love laughing, vocal pyrotechnics, and masterful storytelling.

Don't see it if You don't like being made to feel things or think about things.

Also Standing room was our favorite! View of the whole stage, right by the ... Read more Read less


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